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Peter Anderson | Jun 1, 2012

BMW's big M6 coupe will reportedly get an extra tickbox on its 2013 options list: a manual transmission.

According to US magazine Car and Driver, the M6 will offer, in the US at least, the choice of a six-speed manual and the standard M-DCT seven-speed dual clutch system.

American customers set the precedent with the E60 M5 V10 sedan some years ago, which was only available with the flawed single clutch SMG. After pressure was applied to Munich, US customers scored the option of specifying a manual.

European customers have proved less fussy on the topic of transmissions, embracing the convenience and better fuel economy that the DCT auto holds over the row-your-own option.

The report adds that BMW is encouraging dealers to promote the benefits of automatic transmissions to its customers.

With seven, eight and soon nine-speed transmissions in the works, six gears is now looking a bit light-on for cogs.

As for Australia, fans of the manual option will need to hope for high demand in the right-hand-drive UK market, which should improve our (already slim) chances.

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